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Windows 8’s uptake falls behind Vista’s pace
Computer World ^ | December 27, 2012 10:55 AM ET | Gregg Keizer

Posted on 12/30/2012 2:21:48 AM PST by Olog-hai

With just a week left in the month, Windows 8’s usage uptake has slipped behind Vista’s at the same point in its release, data from a Web measurement company showed.

According to Net Applications, Windows 8’s online usage share through Dec. 22 was 1.6% of all Windows PCs, an uptick from 1.2% of November. Windows 8 publicly launched on Oct. 26. At the same two-month mark in Vista’s release timetable, that OS accounted for 2.2% of all Windows systems, double the month prior. …

The slowdown in uptake of Windows 8 and its poor performance compared to Vista is a troubling sign for the new operating system. Vista has been labeled a rare Microsoft failure, in part because it was adopted by far fewer customers than either its predecessor, Windows XP, or its successor, Windows 7. …

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: microsoft; windows8; windowsmojave; windowsvista
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1 posted on 12/30/2012 2:22:02 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Even numbered Windows releases are terrible


2 posted on 12/30/2012 2:25:10 AM PST by Crazieman (Are you naive enough to think VOTING will fix this entrenched system?)
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To: Crazieman
Have you tried Windows 8?

I am very content with my Windows 7 computer.

3 posted on 12/30/2012 2:45:33 AM PST by Post5203 (I bought 6 marines a beer at a bar recently and not one said thanks. I won't do that again.)
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To: Olog-hai

My computer crashed and I needed a quick replacement so bought a cheap laptop with Windows 8. I absolutely despise taking familiar landscapes away from me to “force” me to adopt the new design (yahoo mail take note).

Windows 8 is New Coke.

If I wanted over-sugared, watered down pepsi, I would have bought a pepsi, let some ice melt in it, and put a few packs of sugar in it.

And. If I wanted an operating system that’s impossible to work on, I wouldn’t have bought a windows system. Microsoft has never held a claim to technical superiority. Their major market benefit is familiarity. When you blow off the very reason why your customers choose you, it can’t be very surprising that the result is lower usage.

Windows 8 is garbage. It doesn’t matter what new-fangled crap they put in it if it’s so damn impossible to navigate.

Windows 8 is garbage.


4 posted on 12/30/2012 2:46:26 AM PST by ziravan (Choose sides.)
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To: Olog-hai
“Touch Screen” controls for phones and tablets and presentations are very important.

But for desktop PC’s?

Forget about it.

No one is going to upgrade a desktop PC to get “Touch.”

I've had “Touch” and a wireless mouse for 12 months.

I experimented for two days with “Touch.”

Ridiculous - a mouse takes less effort, less thought, less time, and you don't have finger smears all over your screen.

And no one is going to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 unless it offers a clearly superior video experience, which it does not.

I've got Windows 7.

Not one problem in 12 months.

Why would I change?

5 posted on 12/30/2012 2:52:34 AM PST by zeestephen
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I’ve had Windows 8 for two weeks now. It is hard to figure out. Some of the processes are not intuitive. Usually I can figure out actions by clicks and keyboard shortcuts; it’s not working with “8”

If I did not have twin monitors I would have trashed 8 within a week.

I get the feeling that 8 is made for touch screens. I can visualize how it would interrelate between phones, pads and a touchscreen computer. Also, it has some good design features if you’re an email, texting, twitter or facebook fiend.

If you’re a small business owner who does not use those programs, save your money and stick with 7. If I cannot figure out some issues, I’ll be reformatting and returning to 7 soon. 7 worked beautifully; I thought 8 would be better. It’s not. It’s different.


6 posted on 12/30/2012 3:02:16 AM PST by Loud Mime (Conservatives refused to unite; now we pay the price!)
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To: Loud Mime

Have you tried reverting from the METRO interface to the standard? If so, how radically different is 8 from 7? I am currently using Windows Phone 8 and like it, but I would not want it on a standard laptop. On a tablet or a nicely designed touch screen interface, it would be a tossup.


7 posted on 12/30/2012 3:15:04 AM PST by Woodman
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To: zeestephen

I’ve had Win-7 Pro on all of my PCs, since ‘09, and have OEM disks from my IT guys. I’ll stay w/ 7.


8 posted on 12/30/2012 3:36:31 AM PST by carriage_hill (Have A Happy & Healthy New Year!)
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To: Olog-hai

For all of the negative press it received, I’m happy with my Vista Home Premium 32 bit.


9 posted on 12/30/2012 4:03:29 AM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: ziravan

Windows 8, the JC Penneys of Operating Systems.


10 posted on 12/30/2012 4:08:39 AM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Post5203

Yes and Windows 8 sucks, looks as if it was designed by graduates from Los Angeles Public Schools, bought new laptop yesterday, came with Win8, and it Would let me install Linux or Windows7 so I took it back and exchanged it for the last one they had that came with Win7, Installed Ubuntu and all is good. If you ask me They screwed the Pooch on this one and hopefully Secure Boot will piss off enough people to actually knock Microsoft off of their tyrannical pedastel. I was not the only one returning computers because of Win8, lets just hope it cathces on.


11 posted on 12/30/2012 4:26:26 AM PST by eyeamok
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To: eyeamok

oops typo should be WOULD NOT let me install anything else


12 posted on 12/30/2012 4:30:04 AM PST by eyeamok
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To: Cvengr

Agreed. 8 is a dog.


13 posted on 12/30/2012 4:50:49 AM PST by Thebaddog (Obama won, we are so screwed.)
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To: Yo-Yo

> For all of the negative press it received, I’m happy with my Vista Home Premium 32 bit.

I use Vista too. My machine came with Windows 7, but after reading several articles on comparing the systems, I downgraded to Vista 64bit. I use many very large files and Vista handles large (10GB+) files better than any of the other systems. Windows 7 was optimized for file handling while Windows 7 was optimized for the graphical user interface. I made my decision when I tried to use the Windows 7 virtual PC system. The boys at Microsoft took stuff out of the virtual machine that was there with Vista and I was used to it. I do have to admit, Vista’s GUI sucks big time, but I can use it and that’s aboout it.


14 posted on 12/30/2012 4:58:55 AM PST by BuffaloJack (Children, pets, and slaves get taken care of. Free Men take care of themselves.)
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To: BuffaloJack

Ordered a new Dell the other day - with Windows 7!


15 posted on 12/30/2012 5:05:32 AM PST by meyer (Proud member of the 53%.)
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To: Thebaddog

It’s WinME that you can poke!

[bring back 2000 Pro]


16 posted on 12/30/2012 5:25:12 AM PST by Salamander (I wear my sunglasses at night.)
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To: Olog-hai
Vista is a virus. My XP is a faster and easier than my new 65 bit virus vista. Calcstar has to be the fastest spreadsheet ever made.
17 posted on 12/30/2012 5:42:38 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Olog-hai

I’m a Mac guy, and I have been, forever.

I do have a Windows installation on an NTFS drive in my Mac Pro, and I have run XP, Vista, and Windows 7 on that drive since 2003.

Windows 7 is quite useable, much more so than XP or Vista. From what I’ve seen of Windows 8, it seems like a downgrade. Time will tell.


18 posted on 12/30/2012 5:46:48 AM PST by Jim Noble (Diseases desperate grown are by desperate appliance relieved, or not at all)
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To: Olog-hai

Setting new standards for stinkage


19 posted on 12/30/2012 5:48:26 AM PST by bigbob
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To: Olog-hai

Setting new standards for stinkage


20 posted on 12/30/2012 5:48:39 AM PST by bigbob
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